- Published: Saturday, 29 July 2017 03:17
- Written by ASIA Miner News
By Dr Robin Branson PhD, MBA, BSc. (Hons) Director, Australian Industrial Ecology Network
IN the modern world of advanced economies, pretty much everything starts with some sort of mining. From time immemorial humans have used stuff dug, sucked or that oozed out of the ground. As economies develop, increasing amounts of resources are extracted from the Earth’s crust and they all have one feature in common: they are finite. Inevitably there will come a time when mining will be uneconomic, however potentially useful the material it might be. The corollary is that extraction cannot last forever. Even if that statement were not true, assuming it is would be wise.